December 18, 2007
Chevrolet to introduce Impala 50th Anniversary Edition
Detroit, Michigan – Chevrolet has announced it will offer a commemorative model to mark the 50th anniversary of the Impala. Like the original 1958 edition, the 2008 Impala 50th Anniversary Edition features unique trim and amenities.
“Chevrolet is thrilled to mark 50 years of the Impala,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “Few brands can claim such a heritage and throughout the decades, Impala has always stood for the value, performance and style that has made Chevrolet America’s car.”
Based on the Impala LT, the 50th Anniversary Edition will feature a sport suspension, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, two-tone leather-trimmed seats with eight-way power driver’s adjustment, leather-wrapped steering wheel with accent-colour thread, ebony carpet and floor mats, black or red exterior, the 50th Anniversary badges and seat embroidery.
The Impala was introduced in 1958 as a premium package on the full-size Bel Air and sold approximately 60,000 units. It was designated a stand-alone model in 1959 and offered top-of-the-line amenities and performance, including a 348-cubic-inch (5.7-litre) V8 engine. In 1961, the Impala SS was introduced with a variety of standard and optional engines, including the 409-cubic-inch V8 that produced one horsepower per cubic inch.